Some very stiff, others very nice, so some wild species were observed on the campus of the CES University, in the El Poblado neighborhood of Medellín.
At least this was evidenced by an investigation led by teachers of the Biology and Ecology programs of the Faculty of Sciences and Biotechnology of the institution. From 2019 to date, they have installed three tracking cameras, filming equipment that is activated by movement or heat detection, which were located in different areas of the alma mater to detect the presence of wildlife.
“We started wondering who we would be living with on campus and we didn't know. We are talking particularly about nocturnal wildlife, especially birds and mammals. We found that there were some efforts by teachers or students, even by employees who began to have a knowledge of these organisms that they had there, but most of the information we had was of diurnal species ", said the professor of Ecology, Carlos Andrés Delgado Vélez .
Over time, the find became evidence and the rumors of the visits of birds and mammals became certainties. The images show the splendor of nature in the middle of an atypical urban environment.
“We have identified a large number of species. For example, the guacharacas in different periods: one of them filmed, a reproductive period where several individuals, up to seven, are seen with chicks. We even have videos where adults feed these chicks ”, explained the also teacher of Ecology, Andrés Arias-Alzate.
The CES teachers' attention was drawn to the fact that the cameras detected very horrors of dog foxes (Cerdocyon thousand) walking near Building A, the area where part of the administrative and managerial staff is located. This only led to the conclusion that the presence of this species confirms the historical records of why this sector of the upper part of the El Poblado neighborhood was named the Fox Tail. There are those who say, because there is no recorded evidence, that the Woolly Tigrillo and the common weasel do not stop visiting the area.
“We consider that it is not a rare species but many people are unaware that it lives here and particularly that the CES University inhabits (…) It is important to understand the presence of this species because the University is near the Fox's Tail where apparently there are historical records that They mention that this site is named for the presence of the fox. So to know that it is there or that we have a natural, ancient inhabitant of this area within our own campus, because it seems to me something very striking, " said Delgado Vélez.
The recorded images also show a squirrel biting a fruit larger than its head, a little hen digesting a larva; a road hawk poking around some branches, a guacharaca feeding its young and the very nice step of two dog foxes that will continue to inhabit that little piece of land in the middle of a concrete jungle.